Futures Forum: Campaigning for an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary
As with the waters around the UK, we need to stop the over-fishing:
Futures Forum: Prof Callum Roberts @ Radio 4's Life Scientific >>> Marine Conservation Zones are "useless 'paper parks' that offer no real protection from the dredging and trawling that has devastated large areas of England’s seas for decades."
And much of that is over-fishing for krill, as reported on Radio 4:
Costing the Earth
The whales, penguins and other seabirds and marine mammals of the Southern Ocean depend upon a reliable supply of the tiny shrimp-like krill. New developments in fishing and freezing technology mean that we can now join in the feast, popping krill pills for their high Omega 3 content.
The writer and chef, Gerard Baker has been working on fishing boats and cruise ships in the Antarctic for twenty years. He's worried that there may not be enough krill to go around, particularly in the crucial regions where breeding penguins rely on an easily accessible source of food.
BBC Radio 4 - Costing the Earth, Antarctic Assault